We all believe that epilepsy or seizures look like in this video. But that’s not the whole truth. Seizures may look quite different from that. In fact, some seizures are so discrete that even for doctors it’s difficult to spot them.
Classic grand mal seizure
I’ve posted this in honor of my ignorant Bible-thumping coworker who believes seizures can sometimes be caused by demons. ——— 7/13/14 — to all who have commented THANK YOU! A special thanks to those correcting misinformation on epilepsy and explaining the nurses are doing what they are supposed to do.
These signs could mean a young child is having seizures:
• Short attention blackouts that look like daydreaming
• Sudden falls for no reason or frequent stumbling or unusual clumsiness
• Lack of response for brief periods
• Dazed behavior
• Head nodding
• Rapid blinking
• Frequent complaints from a child that things look, taste, sound,
smell or feel “funny”
• Clusters of “jackknife” movements by babies who are sitting down
• Clusters of grabbing movements with both arms in babies lying on
• Sudden stomach pain followed by confusion and sleepiness
• Repeated movements that look out of place or unnatural
These signs could mean a teenager is having seizures:
• A blank stare, followed by chewing, picking at clothes, mumbling, random movements
• Sudden fear, anger, or panic for no reason
• Muscle jerks of arms, legs, or body, especially in the early morning
• Odd changes in the way things look, sound, smell or feel
• Memory gaps
• Dazed behavior. Being unable to talk or communicate for a short time
Why it’s important to recognize childhood seizures?
Early recognition and treatment is important because a child who is not treated may have to face additional problems later on, such as:
• Learning disabilities — because those brief blanking out seizures make it difficult to follow instructions and understand the lessons at school;
• Safety risks — because sudden loss of awareness in certain situations like while climbing or in water) can lead to injury;
• Behavior problems — because of recurrent seizures the world seems disorderly. The child keeps missing things other people have understood, and doesn’t know why;
• Social problems — because the child, his family, and others may not understand the cause or nature of unusual actions or behavior
More Information about Epilepsy and Seizures
Epilepsy, Convulsions, seizures or fits are some of the most common neurologic disorders, with an annual incidence of 35 to 52 cases per 100,000 persons. It is a central nervous system disorder that affects the nerve cell activity in the brain characterized by the presence of recurrent, unprovoked seizures.
Source: American Epilepsy Foundation